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    It's Not the Cheese - Luzern

    Heading down 19th Avenue on my way to Luzern, a Swiss restaurant in the Sunset, I tried to organize the myriad impressions Switzerland has imposed upon my psyche across the decades. There's the Shirley Temple version of Heidi and the Ricola commercia...

    by Matthew Stafford on August 8, 2001
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    Pillow Talk - The fine points of making a bed

    Dear Social Grace, I am hoping you can help me, as I've already tried all over the Internet to get an answer to this silly question. Even Martha Stewart's Web site can't help. I have a question about making the bed: Which way should the pillows lay ...

    by Social Grace on August 8, 2001
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    Guest List - The who's who at the opening of the Clift Hotel

    L.A. by the Bay Unlike any of "hip hotelier" Ian Schrager's other properties, the Clift Hotel's new bar, our old-now-new Redwood Room, won't have a door policy. Says Schrager, "San Franciscans won't stand for it." But apparently the hotel's opening b...

    by Harry Coverte on August 8, 2001
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    Discovering Japan - Takara

    The fresh, simple nirvana that is Japanese food comes in a staggering variety of tastes and configurations -- at least if you're at its source on the other side of the Pacific. In Tokyo alone there are a hundred thousand restaurants specializing in s...

    by Matthew Stafford on August 1, 2001
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    Heaven on Earth - Millennium

    My friend Peter's idea of a fine meal used to run as follows: buttered English muffins, barbecued ribs, and a pint of Hagen-Dazs for dessert. Then he had a heart attack -- no joke -- and decided to eliminate a few edibles from his diet. He's not a b...

    by Greg Hugunin on August 1, 2001
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    Social Grace - Work Jerks

    Dear Social Grace, I need help with an office situation. I work in a cube environment, and my cube was created by putting up walls in a hallway next to conference rooms. The environment is very noisy because of two things: 1) People leave the conf...

    by Social Grace on August 1, 2001
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    The Mix - Pacific Brim

    Japantown's Hukilau is one of those friendly, welcoming bars where people toast a lot and drink deeply. Set in an alcove off the Isuzu Japanese Restaurant, the place is so tiny you could fit three Hukilaus in an average-sized pub. Hukilau is a Hawaii...

    by Greg Hugunin on August 1, 2001
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    Sinking Sun - Ozumo

    Nothing could be more annoying than having a meal begin with a white man saying, "Konbanwa" (Japanese for "good evening"). OK, maybe a few things could be more annoying -- say, if a meal began with a white man (or anyone) kicking me in the shin, hitt...

    by Greg Hugunin on July 25, 2001
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    Shaken, Not Stirred - g bar

    I drank my first martini courtesy of John the Jehovah's Witness, serving behind the bar at Da Angelo in Mill Valley. I had ordered a kamikaze and John had misunderstood me. I used to order kamikazes when the pressures of day-to-day life had taken th...

    by Matthew Stafford on July 25, 2001
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    Going Hungry - As the economy takes a dive, so do prices on some restaurant menus

    Empty Plates With the dining scene cooling off, the survival tactics are heating up, and as a result many restaurants have redesigned their menus in the hopes of keeping tables and mouths full. SOMA's oh-so-pricey Azie has made its Asian-influenced o...

    by Harry Coverte on July 25, 2001
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    The Word Police - Is it OK to use the word "picnic" in polite company?

    Dear Social Grace, I need to know whether it is polite to use the word "picnic." I was recently told that this term has a racist origin; however, some research at my local library revealed that to be false. In fact, the word has innocent origins in ...

    by Social Grace on July 25, 2001
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    Venticello - Very Little Italy

    After a century and a half of culinary colonialism, San Francisco's Italian restaurants have evolved in so many different directions that there are options for every mood and financial outlook. There are the generic, moderately priced neighborhood j...

    by Matthew Stafford on July 18, 2001
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    The Sweet Stench of Success - Shanghai Noodles

    Shanghai Noodles is located on a quiet stretch of Balboa in a tiny storefront space that, given the bright lights and spare dcor, could just as easily house a dry cleaner. Step inside and you'll notice that the specials hung on the wall are printed ...

    by Greg Hugunin on July 18, 2001
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    Social Grace - On the delicate matter of bathroom etiquette

    Dear Social Grace, I have two questions of a bathroom nature for you. First, what do you do if you clog the toilet at someone else's house? Second, how do you handle it if you create a bad smell in the bathroom (and there's a line waiting to use the...

    by Social Grace on July 18, 2001
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    End of the Tunnel - You want Cheers in San Francisco? Head to TK's, the bar where everyone is a friend of George

    West Portal is a bit fancier than it used to be, but the bars have maintained a certain uniformity: They're all small, draw local crowds, and are hospitable places where people establish a good rapport with their bartender. These trends are apparent ...

    by Greg Hugunin on July 18, 2001
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    Maykadeh - Paradise Found

    If you want some good advice regarding Maykadeh, a Persian restaurant, consider the episode my friend Petra and I witnessed. When we arrived at 8:30 on a Saturday night, the place was bursting with Persians -- Persian fathers carrying babies, quartet...

    by Greg Hugunin on July 11, 2001
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    The Ex Equation - Angry emails to friends, though immensely satisfying to write, should rarely be sent

    Dear Social Grace, Seven months ago, my good friend broke up with this guy she dated for 14 months. Has enough time gone by for me to go out with him? She broke up with him, and when I told her one time that I always thought he was not so bad, she b...

    by Social Grace on July 11, 2001
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    The Big 4 - Robber Barons

    By its narrowest definition Independence Day celebrates our decolonization from the British Empire, but in a broader, happier sense the Fourth of July is nothing less than one big national birthday party. At a birthday party we contemplate the guest ...

    by Matthew Stafford on July 4, 2001
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    Big Nate's Barbeque - All American

    No man is born with a qualifier in front of his name -- he must achieve it or have the qualifier thrust upon him. I like qualifiers, since they add a bit of color to our daily interactions (Hey look, it's Sticky Steve!), so I started calling a frien...

    by Greg Hugunin on July 4, 2001
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    Piercing Questions - Is a nose ring too informal for a wedding?

    Dear Social Grace, The man I love has some facial piercings, which I think look great on him, but I think he should remove them when we go somewhere that is a "dress-up" place or to a wedding. I say that a nose ring is "informal." Do you agree? Si...

    by Social Grace on July 4, 2001
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